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County-wide wet/dry petition circulating


By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A petition that is circulating is asking for a measure to be placed on the ballot to allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages countywide.
The city of Mt. Sterling is considered “wet” while the county is “dry.” The means that alcoholic beverages can be sold in the city, but not outside the city limits.

The effort is being led by Joe Mitchell, owner of Levee Legends restaurant, according to county clerk Chris Cockrell said. Mitchell did not return messages from the Advocate seeking comment as of press time.
To get the measure on the May primary ballot, Mitchell would be required to submit 2,223 signatures on his petitions, Cockrell said. Mitchell is required to present signatures for at least 25 percent of the 8,889 who voted in the last general election to get it on the ballot, he explained.
Cockrell said Mitchell told him Tuesday that he was optimistic about garnering the required signatures.

The deadline for submitting the signatures for the May election is Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m., Cockrell said.

That is the deadline for all local option issues in Kentucky. The deadline was moved up from late January by Senate Bill 60 approved last legislative session, Cockrell said.

The petitions ask prospective voters if “You are in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Montgomery County?” he said.

Each petition must include the signature, printed name, residential address, year of birth and the date signed, Cockrell said.

The county clerk’s office must verify that the signature is that of a registered voter by comparing the signature against the current voting rolls available on a computer database at the clerk’s office, he said.
The petition is good for six months. The petition process would have to completed again after the six months to get the issue on a future ballot, Cockrell said.